Vintage Sylvania Pathmaker CATV Cable TV Box – 1980’s

This bad boy has been around since the early ’80s. I wanted to do a little research on cable boxes from the 80’s but didn’t really find much, which was a little disappointing.

On the back, there is a sticker that says this vintage device was distributed by Champagne Converter & Communication. I googled this name to find out some info like – was this company successful? Are they still around today? But I couldn’t find any info about the company, which was a bummer. (So if any of you know more about this company please share with me)

Basic cable box is marked JAN 18 1983. Model # 4041. One coax cable input, one coax cable output, AC power switch which will turn off when you push the On/Off button on the remote and there is a spot to plug in the remote that looks like a phone jack. The model number is on the bottom but also stamped at the back so you didn’t have to flip your box over. I like the stamp idea because you don’t see stamped cable boxes anymore.

The remote (converter control unit) is very large and bulky, especially compared to remotes today, and looks like a calculator. I’m curious if the buttons were hard to press after a while; they look like they would have been hard to press after some time. This unit says 1983 but it seems like the remote was upgraded in 1985. The remote plugs into the back of the box and the cord looks just like a telephone cord.

I really wanted to take it apart to see what was inside but I don’t have the weird 3-way screwdriver so I couldn’t.

It’s interesting to see old vintage tech and how far we have come, but never forget our past electronics!

Cool 1980s tech, dude!

Dell Laptop: You Just Never Know What You Might Find In Your Express Card Slot

If your laptop supports an EC slot, this post might have you looking to the side. You might just find one of these in there.

Mini ruler (imperial & metric), diameter holes of some sort and a letter opener
Fahrenheit to celsius tempature conversion

Pretty cool right? Well I thought so anyways. Things like this amuse me.

Dell decided to design this cool multi-tool to fill the slot instead of a plain boring one. That’s actually a genius idea which makes this baby a pretty awesome feature, imo.

This tool was designed with a creative mind and can be very useful for professionals. Maybe not so much now, but this will always be a great tool as your sidekick.

Beats a pointless piece of plastic, huh?

PopSockets: Getting A Grip

A PopSocket is a weird looking plastic circular gadget that you attach to your phone and devices, and they are VERY popular around the world. These gadgets have many uses like helping you out by getting a better grip on your phone to make it easier for you to take pictures and text, and you can prop it up on any surface while you kick back and relax. When pulled out, the socket opens up like a spring. Once your fingers are placed between the PopSocket and your device, you should instantly notice a tighter grip.

I got the PopSocket because I find my phone is a bit heavy and if I’m using it for too long my wrist and fingers start to hurt because of the positioning of my hand on my phone. Also, if I’m laying down and use my phone it tends to slip through my fingers and land on my head or chest. I know, kinda silly right? 🙂 So, if you find either of these things annoying like I do you might want to get yourself one of these babies.

In the past I’ve used fake pop sockets and they WEREN’T VERY GOOD. After just a few months of usage, the adhesive came off and the design started to fade, making it look like some crap. This is my first real PopSocket and I noticed there were some instructions, but not in-depth instructions. Like, should you clean the back of the device before applying? Where should you apply the socket, and little things like that. Apparently, you are just supposed to know how to place it on, but with a little common sense you should be good to go. To help you out, I put together some tips to think about before applying your PopSocket.

Questions, questions, questions!

So, you’ve got the PopSocket – now some important questions you might be wondering after reading instructions.

With or without a case? It can be applied to either, but I strongly recommend a case. Without a case you might have a difficult time removing the PopSocket, which could lead to damage and markings especially if you try to sell your device.

Positioning: Decide where to place before applying. In the middle, high or low? Before you mount the gripper on to your phone, try placing the socket in different spots to see if it’s more comfortable between your fingers and hand when it’s placed in the middle, higher or lower.  Getting comfortable with it before placement will protect your fingers and wrist so you want to make sure it’s not uncomfortable for you. 

Should you clean your device before applying? Yes, for sure. Wipe the back of your device with some rubbing alcohol and let it dry before applying.

What you need to know before applying? According to the website, once the PopSocket is applied, firmly press down and leave it for at least 8 hours. Doing this will make sure the adhesive is securely attached to the surface, ensuring it will work even better. My advice is to apply it before going to bed so the phone won’t be touched.

What devices will the socket stick to? It’s compatible with most smartphones, cases and tablets. Keep in mind PopSockets may not stick very securely to waterproof cases, silicone or leather.

How to apply? Easy – just peel off the protective seal without touching the adhesive, then apply very carefully and make sure it looks even.

Can the PopSocket be reused? No, so you might want to carefully choose where you put it.

Why you should get a PopSocket:

  1. Have you ever been lying in bed and boom, all of a sudden your phone smashes into your face? Get a PopSocket and get a grip!
  2. No more holding your phone when watching a quick video or playing a game, just place it on the table.
  3. If you own a business, they are perfect to give out!
  4. Wireless charging compatible.
  5. Surface feels smooth when holding.
  6. Browsing experience and overall experience is much better when holding.
  7. Snap the perfect selfies.
  8. Control earbud cord by just wrapping it around the PopSocket.
  9. Lots of customization options – you can use your own image, or choose from the range of options and looks. You can even add another PopSocket for even more grip.

POPSOCKETS!!!!!!

Gaming Controller Customizations – Build Your Own

If you’re into customizing, it’s time to take your game controllers to the next level. Gamers have plenty of choices to choose from when their controllers get involved.  There are some pretty good websites out there that have so many color options and designs to choose from. Not only that, some websites have options to turn not just your current age controllers but also your old school controllers into stunning artsy material.

Imagine being able to customize every color and detail on your controller, exactly how you want it. That’s where your journey begins. Color, buttons, LEDs, thumbsticks. Again – if you are into customization you will probably find this pretty sweet. Some people might ask why you would want to waste money on that? Well, for one thing, personality; it shows a little bit about you. Some people like combining colors and quotes together and it just makes people happy. So, if the offer is there, why not? You’re the only person who gets to decide what you want.

What is the cost of customization? It’s pricy, starting at $84.99 and up depending what goodies you decide to add on. Not everyone can afford these luxury things, so setting small amounts of money aside could help to achieve this expensive goal.

What websites would I recommend for playing controller dress up?

Xbox Design Lab: It’s so easy and it’s extremely fun, the choices are endless. Every component on the controller can be changed to the color of your choice.

Controller Chaos: They take ALL of your controller needs seriously. Since 2008, gaming is serious business to them. These guys have been dealing with controllers for a long time. Their customer service is also outstanding, according to the great reviews at Trust Pilot.

Take a look here at the Controller Chaos campus. This is pretty cool.

Is it worth it? If you have your controller in your hand more than 30 hours a week, and are into luxury controllers, then yes. It is very expensive, but they do make perfect gifts.

What’s there not to love about this one? In the end it looks great – why not have an impressive controller in your hands that you can officially call your own? I think customizations are wonderful ways to add to your gear.

Brave Web Browser Review: Could It Be the One?

It’s fairly new – and it’s got a lot of potential.

Getting the most out of your browsing experience and choosing the right browser can honestly make a huge difference when you’re browsing and downloading files across your devices. The right browser can shield you from harm and harassment that could do no good to you or your devices. If you care about security and your privacy (which you should) – you should choose Brave.

What makes a browser a good web browser?

A good browser should make you feel comfortable and safe when browsing. I mean that’s where you store literally everything about you. You need to keep your data secure from all sources. This is where you could decide to make the switch to Brave.

What is Brave Browser?

Brave is a user friendly, ad-free, malware protection + browser that takes control and blocks out all the crazy ads, trackers and more, leaving you with a new experience.

Free and open-source for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.

Why is Brave different from other browsers?

It’s all about the user. Brave seriously takes into consideration that we are not a product – we are users. And that’s what I really like.

Do you really know what it feels like to browse with no ads? Let me tell you, it’s great. I’ve tested it and it’s true. Ad-free browsing comes with so much more than just blocking ads. And when you have some proof it makes the technology world a better place. Ad-free means you should instantly notice a big difference with performance when you’re browsing on your devices. Brave will improve your user experience and perform fast and super smooth when browsing thanks to the lack of ads running in the background.  

The minute you start using Brave you will not see any ads and I guarantee this will help your devices’ performance when compared to other browsers. This is a great thing here. In fact, how do you like the sounds of not being disturbed by a rotten ol’ ad when you are trying to browse?

It looks great and it’s VERY well organized… Brave’s front-page layout is amazing. You will see how many ads and trackers have been blocked, HTTPS to show you secure connections and how much time you saved which is pretty cool. There is a clock on the top right-hand side, which I find stands out nicely to the eye. I really like that since I switch a lot from tabs; I find it helps me track my time better because I can see it in a bigger font. When it’s time to fiddle around in your settings Brave gives you straightforward options that help you know what’s going on in your browser.

Brave rewards. What is it? Once you’ve decided to go through with Brave rewards it’ll show you ads that you can view. You will receive a digital token called BAT. The goal isn’t to help Brave users earn money, although you could earn around $60 but it’s been said that it will be unclear when your money will arrive. It’s meant to forward funds to the websites of your choice. The idea is to spend your digital coins by rewarding your favorite YouTubers, content and websites. I haven’t tried this yet, but if you are a content creator this seems like the way to go for sure.

Is Brave safe? From my experience and research, it’s a fantastic browser and seems to meet security and privacy measures that other browsers do not. As always, you should do your own research and learn as much as you can about any product before using it.

My thoughts: So far, I’m absolutely loving Brave browser on all my devices. It’s been a different experience with the ads for sure. I would choose Brave if you are always browsing or making content. With the experience Brave has given me, I can’t imagine switching back to any other browser. I really love what the Brave team has done. I hope they keep up their outstanding service and keep us users happy.

Well, Brave will give you just that.